Songwriting

Express Yourself

Our program addresses this craft on many levels from beginners to folks who have approached this art form for years. Our teachers are skilled, experienced, and full of inspiration.

Why bother writing songs?
Creative expression is good for you and good for the universe. Expressing yourself musically and searching for your truths and motivations makes you a more compassionate person and pours positive energy back into the universe.

New to songwriting? Songwriting: Fundamentals is a great place to start.

Continuing Music Theory

Intermediate

This class is offered on a rotating basis with Beginning Music Theory If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Songwriting: Fundamentals

Beginner

Tuesday or Saturday with Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Own the keys that will unlock the songs within you.

Songwriting: Continuing Work

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday with Charles Kim or Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Expand the range of your self-expression through songs.

Finish Your Damn Songs!

Intermediate

Tuesday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Get motivated and achieve fruition.

6 SONGWRITING MEMOS for the Current Millennium

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Sue Demel

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Beginning Music Theory

Beginner

Monday with Catherine Norden

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn the fundamentals for any instrument or singer.

Songwriter's Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

WorkshopOpen to All

Friday with Daniel Connolly

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $12 ($10 members)

Give and get feedback on original music.

Deb Talan Songwriting Workshop

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $40 ($35 members)

Emcee Skool: Hip Hop Lyricism and Performance

Open to All

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Eureka! Refining Your Songs with Robbie Fulks

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Tuesday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 2 weeks  ·  $100 ($95 members)

Gary Louris Songwriting Workshop: Architectural Insights, Design Process, and Thinking About the Big Picture

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Tuesday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $40 ($35 members)

Mary Gauthier Workshops: Songwriting Toolkit Series

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Thursday with Staff

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 3 weeks  ·  $200 ($200 members)

Mary Gauthier: Accessing Universal Truth and Generating Empathy in Song

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Thursday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $50 ($45 members)

Robyn Hitchcock: A Conversation about Songwriting with Jim DeRogatis and You!

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Singer-Songwriter 4 Weeks to Fabulous

Intermediate

Thursday with Julia Storke

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

You can do it! on your mark…get ready…set

Songs and Stories: A Folk Music Workshop with Willie Watson

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $40 ($35 members)

Songwriting Games

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Songwriting Insights with Robbie Fulks

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Tuesday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $40 ($35 members)

Songwriting Rules with Steve Dawson: 11 on the 11th

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with Steve Dawson

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Songwriting: The Great Songs

Intermediate

Tuesday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

A Peter Himmelman Songwriting Workshop: Write Better, Faster, and More

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $40 ($35 members)

Your Creative Process: 7 Questions

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Songwriting with Open Tunings

Intermediate

Wednesday with Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Tune your guitar to a chord and take off from there

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 10/26/2020 – 12/20/2020

Monday 09/21/20: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/05/20: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/07/20: Open registration

8-week lessons: 01/04/2021 – 02/28/2021

Monday 11/16/20: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 11/30/20: Transfer registration

Wednesday 12/02/20: Open registration

8-week lessons: 03/01/2021 – 04/25/2021

Monday 01/25/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 02/08/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 02/10/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 04/26/2021 – 06/20/2021

Monday 05/17/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 05/24/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/02/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/21/2021 – 08/15/2021

Monday 05/17/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 05/31/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/02/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 08/30/2021 – 10/24/2021

Monday 07/12/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/26/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/28/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/25/2021 – 12/19/2021

Monday 09/20/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/06/21: Open registration


Teachers

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Liz Chidester »
Ukulele, Wiggleworms Program, Voice, Piano, Guitar, School Partnerships

Steve Dawson »
Guitar, Songwriting

Sue Demel »
Songwriting, Voice

Deanna Devore »
Guitar, Songwriting

Charles Kim »
Bass, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele, Mandolin

Shelley Miller »
Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Jacob Sweet »
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele